The Estonian Draft is a horse breed that originated in
Standing at an average height of 15 to 15.2 hands ((60-61 inches, 152-155 centimeters), modern-day Estonian Draft horses are bony and are of the harness type. Its body is densely-muscled and compact, which is suitable for heavy draft work.
Personality and Temperament
The Estonian draft horse is an enduring, undemanding breed with a calm temperament.
History and Background
The Estonian Draft was developed through a selective crossing process. Specifically, Estonian native mares were mated with the larger Ardennes horses from
Offspring of the initial crosses were interbred and further crossbred to come up with a horse that had all the desired qualities. The result of these highly-selective and controlled breeding procedures is the Estonian Draft Horse.
The Eston-Arden breed is a horse that is in high demand. Even so, there is a small number of Estonian Draft horses. Currently, around 40 farms breed the Eston-Arden. Only twelve of these are major producers.